Bare your heart at the aquarium

During Valentine’s Day celebrations at Mystic Aquarium, the love will run deeper than the sea with not only day-time activities for family fun and discovery but also a date night that is sure to impress. The celebrations kick-off on February 11 and 12 and culminate on February 18.


Valentine’s weekend at Mystic Aquarium is filled with sweet things for the young and young-at-heart.  Download a coupon on for a visit on February 11 or 12 to receive one complimentary admission with the purchase of any higher full-priced ticket.  Once inside, guests can pucker up and pose in the sweetheart’s photo booth or meet with a poet who will write a personalized love poem.  Kids are invited to make a heart-shaped bird feeder with fruity cereal rings or craft a love bug.


Stroll hand-in-hand visiting Mystic Aquarium favorites like the belugas, seals, northern fur seal pups, Stellers and others. Admire the African penguins, a species that mates for life, before venturing into the warmth of the Main Gallery featuring the beauty of sea life and the Ocean Conservation Center to explore the world of frogs! and so much more.


Mystic Aquarium and Ocean Blue Catering are pairing up to provide couples the chance to win the ultimate Valentine’s VIP Date Night; featuring exclusive VIP experiences and luxury accommodations.  Lovebirds may enter online at from February 1 – 13.


The winning couple of Mystic Aquarium’s Valentine’s VIP Date Night Sweepstakes will receive:


  • Front-row seats at the afternoon California sea lion show in the Foxwoods Marine Theater on February 18
  • A private sea lion meet & greet after the show
  • An exclusive after hours, behind-the-scenes tour featuring some of Mystic Aquarium’s most fascinating exhibits
  • A private sweetheart table in the Aquarium’s Main Gallery during Ocean Blue Catering’s South African Wine Dinner
  • A complimentary bottle of champagne
  • A complimentary overnight stay at the newly renovated Hilton Mystic, located directly across the street from Mystic Aquarium


The lucky couple to enjoy Mystic Aquarium’s Valentine’s VIP Date Night Sweepstakes will be announced Valentine’s Day on Facebook. See for complete contest rules.


Couples not willing to leave Valentine’s Day to chance may also purchase tickets for Ocean Blue Catering’s traditional South African Wine Dinner scheduled for Saturday, February 18 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Guests of honor are none other than Mystic Aquarium’s African penguins.  A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold benefits Mystic Aquarium’s mission programs of conservation, education and research. Join in efforts to help save the endangered African penguin populations while enjoying a multi-course meal paired with exotic South African wines.


Tickets for the South African Wine Dinner are priced at $69.95 per person and must be purchased in advance by visiting or calling Reservations at 860.572.5955 ext. 520. Guests must be at least 21 years of age.


Why stop at a weekend of family fun and romance?  A Mystic Aquarium membership makes the perfect Valentine’s gift.  Redeem a sweetheart of a deal to save 10% on all membership categories purchased February 1 – 17 using a special promo code found at  A membership provides not only an ocean of savings but also the fulfillment of supporting Mystic Aquarium’s mission programs including animal care, conservation, education and research.


To learn more about Valentine’s Day week offerings at Mystic Aquarium, visit